Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is understood to have grown frustrated with his opportunities at the Parc des Princes and has requested a move, according to reports in France.
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If rumours are true, the 20-year-old could be set to start a bidding war among various Premier League giants, with Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all linked to his signature.
According to Get French Football [via the Express], the player’s mother and agent has told PSG’s sporting director that her son wants to leave the club.
The English tabloid even report that Rabiot may have already visited Spurs’ training ground ahead of a potential summer switch.
Rabiot emerged at PSG as something of a wonderkid, and while he regularly demonstrates his class in Ligue 1 for Laurent Blanc’s side, competition for places in the Parisians’ midfield is fierce.
The likes of Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi command starting spots, while France international Yohan Cabaye and experienced Italian Thiago Motta also represent direct competition for Rabiot.
The latter appears to be on the verge of signing a new contract [Le Parisien, via Metro News], while Javier Pastore is occasionally dropped into the midfield by Blanc, further reducing Rabiot’s minutes.
He managed only 10 starts in the league last season, although he did enter the fray on 11 occasions as a substitute.
Rabiot is an elegant operator who, at 6 ft 2, contributes both presence in the midfield and a occasional threat pressing forward in possession.
He has featured for France at every level from U16 to U21, but is yet to make his debut for Les Bleus. With competition for a spot in the national-team squad fierce, the player will realise that he must improve his minutes at PSG if he is to make the squad for the 2016 European Championships on home soil next summer.